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Anti Terrorism Act, 2009
Act No. 16 of 2009
[24 February, 2009 / 12 Falgun, 1415]
An Act to make provisions for the prevention of certain terrorist activities, effective punishment therof
and the matters ancillary thereto.
Whereas it is expedient and necessary to make provisions for the prevention of certain terrorist activities,
effective punishment thereof and the matters ancillary thereto;
Therefore, it is hereby enacted as follows: –
First Chapter
Preliminary
1. Short title, extent and commencement.– (1) This Act may be called the Anti Terrorism Act, 2009.
(2) It extends to the whole of Bangladesh, and it applies also to persons on ships and Aircraft registered
in Bangladesh, where ever they may be.
(3) It shall be deemed to have come into force on 11 June, 2008.
2.
Definitions.– In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,–
(1)

“offence” means an offence punishable under this Act;

(2)
“arms” means arms mentioned in section 4 of the Arms Act, 1878 (Act No. XI of 1878), and shall also
include all types of atomic, chemical and biological weapons;
(3)
“court” means the court of a Sessions Judge or, as the case may be, the court of an Additional Sessions
Judge;
(3A) "Convention" means the United Nations conventions, treaties and protocols included in the annexure- A
of this Act duly ratified by the government of Bangladesh and the United Nations conventions, treaties and
protocols that may be included from time to time in the annexure A by the Government through Official
Gazette Notification.
(4)
“Imprisonment” means imprisonment of any description mentioned in section 53 of the Penal Code;
(5)
“Code of Criminal Procedure” or “Code” means the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (Act No. V of
1898);
(6)
“Schedule” means the Schedule to this Act;
(7)
“Penal Code” means the Penal Code, 1860 (Act No. XLV of 1860);
(8)
“inflammable substance” means any substance which normally has a high propensity to cause or to
intensify or to spread fire, such as- octane, petrol, diesel, compressed natural gas (CNG), gun powder, and shall also
include any other inflammable substances;
(9)
“Bangladesh Bank” means the Bangladesh Bank established under the Bangladesh Bank Order, 1972 (P.O.
No. 127 of 1972);
(10)
“bank” means a bank company defined in section 5(o) of the Bank Companies Act, 1991 (Act No. 14 of
1991), and shall also include any institution established as a bank under any other Act or Ordinance;]
(11)
“Judge” means a Sessions Judge, Additional Sessions Judge or, as the case may be, a Judge of the Anti
Terrorism Special Tribunal;
(11A) “Foreigner” means a „foreigner‟ as defined in Section 2(a) of Foreigners Act, 1946 (Act No. XXXI of 1946)
(12)
“Special Tribunal” means any Anti Terrorism Special Tribunal constituted under section 28;
(13) “explosive substance” means –
(a)
gun powder, nitro-glycerin, dynamite, gun-cotton, blasting powder, fulminate mercury or any other
metal, coloured fire and any other substances used or manufactured to create an explosive or firework effect whether
or not similar to the substances mentioned above; and
(b)
any material used to make explosives and any machine, equipment, machinery or thing including
any part of similar machine, equipment or machinery used to create an explosion with the help of any explosive
material, or with the intention of conversion or providing assistance to create an explosion, and shall also include fuse,
rocket, percussion caps, detonator, cartridge and any other ammunition;
(14)
“property” means, whether in or outside the country, (i) any type of funds or assets, corporeal or incorporeal, moveable or immoveable, tangible or intangible,
however acquired, and legal documents or instruments in any form, including electronic or digital, evidencing
title to, or interest in, such assets or funds and any interest, dividends or other income on or value accruing
from or generated by such funds or assets.
(ii) cash, any other type of financial assets, economic resources, whether tangible or intangible, movable
or immovable, however acquired, and legal documents or instruments in any form, including electronic
or digital, evidencing title to, or interest in, such funds or other assets, including, but not limited to,
bank credits, travelers cheques, bank cheques, money orders, shares, securities, bonds, drafts, or
letters of credit, and any interest, dividends or other income on or value accruing from or generated by
such funds or other assets;

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